Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Week 16

Posted: Jan 30, 2023Last updated: Jan 30, 2023

Box out the competition with our fantasy basketball waiver wire report for Week 16. We’ll help you target fantasy basketball waiver pickups that can benefit your fantasy basketball teams for the upcoming Week 16 and beyond.

Note: Free-Agent Acquisition Budget dollar bid prices for NBA Week 16 are based on a season-long budget of $100. Adjust your percentage and scale accordingly for your league’s unique FAB allotment and your remaining FAB dollars.

Players highlighted as “New" were added on Jan. 30. All others are from the Jan. 27 edition of the waiver wire report.

Fantasy Basketball Waiver Wire Week 16: Top Pickups

Precious Achiuwa, PF/C, Toronto Raptors (55% rostered in Yahoo! Leagues) - NEW

Achiuwa has stepped up in a big way with OG Anunoby (wrist) out, and Achiuwa will still deliver quality production off the bench even when Anunoby returns. He has reached double figures in rebounds in four of his last five games and Achiuwa has averaged 11.3 points per game in January.

In the last two games with Anunoby injured, Achiuwa has 44 points and 24 rebounds. The expanded playing time has made him a must-start streamer, but we recommended Achiuwa recently among our fantasy basketball watch list players before the Anunoby injury.

Anunoby’s name is being included in some trade rumors, so there could be a path to more consistent heavy minutes for Achiuwa ahead.

  • Precious Achiuwa Waiver Wire Free Agent Budget Bid: 14%

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Cole Anthony, PG, Orlando Magic (53%) - NEW

Anthony is healthy right now and making the most of his playing time off the Orlando bench as a top reserve. He has 40 points and 13 rebounds in his last two games and Anthony has five-plus assists in two of his last three.

In his last two games, Anthony has also hit seven times from three-point range. Jump in to ride the wave of his recent surge, as he should continue to pick up quality minutes if he keeps producing well.

Anthony has logged 25-plus minutes in his last three games.

  • Cole Anthony Waiver Wire FAB Bid: 14%

Chris Duarte, SG/SF, Indiana Pacers (30%) - NEW

Recent strong production has moved Duarte into the starting lineup while Tyrese Haliburton (knee, elbow) has been out. He has averaged 13.2 points over his last four games and Duarte has five-plus assists in two of his past three games with a six-steal outing on Jan. 27.

Duarte’s 36.1 field goal percentage is a significant negative to consider, but he has earned more playing time for now and he is worthy of a roster addition.

  • Chris Duarte Waiver Wire FAB Bid: 10%

Seth Curry, PG/SG, Brooklyn Nets (53%) - NEW

In January, Curry has averaged 16.2 points and 27.2 minutes per game. He has shot .507 from three-point range and .533 from the field.

Curry should continue to be a good fantasy contributor while Kevin Durant (knee) is out. It takes a few players to attempt to effectively replace Durant, and Curry is doing his part.

  • Seth Curry Waiver Wire FAB Bid: 7%

Jericho Sims, C, New York Knicks (11%)

Sims, not Isaiah Hartenstein, has been getting the starting call at center for New York while Mitchell Robinson (thumb) is out for at least another month. Sims has logged 25-plus minutes in each of his past four games and he had a career-high 14 rebounds in New York’s overtime win at Boston on Thursday.

Sims scored in double figures in the first two games he started in place of Robinson, but he had only two points in each of his last two games. He also has only two blocked shots since entering the starting lineup.

With more consistent playing time ahead, though, Sims will be a very good source of rebounds while he delivers some decent scoring outings and possibly blocks a few more shots. The second-year man can potentially produce respectably overall with the increased playing time.

  • Jericho Sims Waiver Wire FAB Bid: 14%

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Dorian Finney-Smith, SF/PF, Dallas Mavericks (27%)

Smith has returned from a groin injury and his offensive role can be larger while Christian Wood (thumb) is out. He had 18 points and 12 rebounds on Thursday and 12 points and five rebounds on Tuesday.

Finney-Smith has also had a steal in each of his four last outings. He should have a decent floor in both points and rebounds for the next week-plus.

  • Dorian Finney-Smith Waiver Wire FAB Bid: 10%

Best Cheap WW Bids/Watch List For Week 16

  • Hamidou Diallo, SG/SF. Detroit Pistons (11%) - NEW: Diallo has nine steals in his last two games, which signals you should take an immediate flier on him. He has also averaged 13.7 points over his past four games.
  • Thomas Bryant, C, Los Angeles Lakers (40%) - NEW: Bryant should be on the regular watch list as a possible fantasy starter in case of another Anthony Davis. Bryant has averaged 14.4 points and 8.6 rebounds per game as a starter this season.
  • Kenyon Martin Jr., SF/PF, Houston Rockets (29%): While Kevin Porter (foot) has been out, Martin has been a quality contributor for points and rebounds. He has averaged 12.9 points and 6.5 rebounds in the month of January.
  • Tari Eason, SF/PF, Houston Rockets (22%): In the last four games, Eason has hit nine-plus rebounds three times while recording double figures in scoring in three games. It will be interesting to see if Eason’s role can increase should the Rockets make some trades soon.
  • Kevon Looney, C, Golden State Warriors (47%): He is a good add for rebounding help, as Looney is averaging 8.7 per game and registered double-digits in boards in three of his past four.
  • Immanuel Quickley, PG/SG, New York Knicks (44%): Quickley has scored 14-plus points in five of his last seven games played. He also has five rebounds in each of his last two and is often on the floor at critical times. Injuries in the starting lineup could boost Quickley’s overall production at any time.
  • Chris Boucher, PF, C, Toronto Raptors (28%): You should monitor his production after Boucher had 30 points with 13 rebounds in his last two games, and he had three blocked shots on Wednesday.
  • Naz Reid, C. Minnesota Timberwolves (14%): Rudy Gobert has continued to deal with nagging injuries (a groin injury most recently), and Reid has been ready to provide good production when needed. I would consider rostering Reid regularly as fantasy insurance for Gobert. In a four-game stretch earlier this month, Reid scored in double figures and had six-plus rebounds in three games, and two-plus blocks in two outings during that span.


Scott Engel

Scott Engel is a Senior Sports Writer at The Game Day. Previously he was at and The Athletic. His work is also featured at RotoBaller and on Scott is a host on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio. He is an inaugural member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association's Hall of Fame. Scott is a four-time FSWA award winner and a 13-time finalist. He was an Associate Editor and featured writer at and his career began at CBS SportsLine, where he was a Senior Writer and Managing Editor. Scott was the Managing Director at RotoExperts.

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